|A clear day dawns on Mt. Bachelor|
Last year, I spent Superbowl weekend at Mt. Bachelor. It worked out so well, I decided a repeat visit was in order. So Friday night, I packed up my car, and headed to the town of Bend, in Central Oregon.
|Ski tracks make fancy patterns on the cone|
Although snowfall was still sparse in early February, Saturday dawned sunny with brilliant blue skies. As I always say, if you can't have fresh powder, sunshine is the next best thing.
|Dale and Max are ready to go!|
My brother Dale and his son Max joined me that day. A quick lift ride took us to mid-mountain, where amazing views of the neighboring mountains awaited.
|White frosted wonderland|
Overnight freezing fog had everything covered in a thick, frosty coat of white. Amazingly beautiful against the blue sky!
|Tiny sunburst peeps out of the trees|
I even captured a tiny sunburst peeking out from some frosty trees.
|Mountain views don't get any better!|
Clear skies at Mt. Bachelor means skiers are treated to gorgeous views of the adjacent mountains. Broken Top and the Three Sisters can be seen front and center from most every run. Ski area views don't get much better than this!
The snow was nicely groomed off the Pine Martin Lift, so Dale, Max and I made a few laps.
|Snowmaking next to the lift|
The lift ride back up was especially scenic. First, we were treated to a line up of snowmaking machines, spitting powder into the air.
|Riding through the white zone|
Then, higher up, we passed by a row of ghostly white trees, thick with icy frosting.
|Frosty lift tower|
Even the lift towers had an icy coating!
|Christmas in February!|
The white, ice-laden trees looked like Christmas had come late. Mother Nature's flocking!
|Dale checks out the snowmaking machine|
We skied past a line of several snowmaking guns. So unusual to see this year. Normally the Cascade Mountains receive such abundant snowfall, snowmaking isn't necessary. Dale had to stop and check out the snowy stream.
|Someone used the statue as a ski rack|
Taking a lunch break, the mid-mountain lodge was so full of skiers, we couldn't find an empty rack to stash our skis. Some creative person had even used the front door statue!
|Bachelor is known for it's fab views|
We spent the afternoon checking out the trails on a couple other lifts. And taking in more of the great scenery.
|Stopping to take in the scenery|
The next day, Superbowl Sunday, was a complete turn-around weatherwise. Driving up to Mt. Bachelor, I encountered dense, cloudy skies. Swirling snowflakes greeted me as I turned into the parking lot. Yahoo - fresh snow!
|Skier peek-a-boo through the trees|
Sadly, the snow didn't last. The temperature warmed just enough to turn the fluffy flakes into a nasty freezing rain. I managed to ski all morning anyway, even though it meant continuous stops to scrape ice off my goggles. When I finally went inside for lunch, my jacket was coated in a thin, white film.
Even though conditions weren't ideal, the lack of crowds, and no lift lines almost made up for the crummy weather. By 2:00, I'd made more runs than the entire day before. Which was a good thing, as I had to leave the slopes early.
|JJ's acting debut|
Why leave early you ask? Had I changed my mind about the big game? Nooo......I wanted to see my nephew JJ's acting debut! The other reason I'd chosen this weekend to visit Bend. JJ landed several minor roles in a local theater's production of "Alice in Wonderland." His best character? Hands down the Walrus! He did a great job, and I loved the costume. Even though flash photography wasn't allowed, I was able to get a couple decent shots of JJ in action. Why watch a football game, when there's an opportunity to see a live theater performance that includes a family member?
Two good days of skiing and an entertaining play. I deemed this weekend a "super" success!
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